bill

\ \ There are three distinct words bill in English (not counting the proper name), and of them all, the most recent is the commonest. Billnote of charges’ [14] comes from Anglo-Latin billa, which is probably a variant of Latin bulladocument, seal’ (as in ‘papal bull’). English billet [15], as in ‘billeting soldiers on a house’, was originally a diminutive form of billa (French billetletter’ comes from the same source). Billhook-bladed weapon’ [OE], now found mainly in billhook, comes from a prehistoric West Germanic *bilja, which may be based ultimately on Indo-European *bhid-, source of English bite. Billbeak’ [OE] may be related to billweapon’, but this is not clear. The verbal sense ‘caress’, as in ‘bill and coo’, is 16th-century; it arose from the courting behaviour of doves stroking each other’s beaks.
\ \ Cf.BILLET

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